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Erie Man Pleads to Federal Drug Law Violations

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Isaac Aaron Cunningham, 43, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about May 6, 2021, Cunningham distributed 44.7 grams of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Cunningham also acknowledged his responsibility for attempting to possess with intent to distribute 10.19 grams of metonitazene, a benzimidazole-opioid fentanyl analogue on or about September 14, 2021.

Judge Baxter scheduled sentencing for May 9, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul S. Sellers is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Erie Area Gang Law Enforcement (EAGLE) task force, which is comprised of members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Service – Office of the Inspector General, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Erie Bureau of Police, the Oil City Police Department, the Franklin Police Department, and the Titusville Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Cunningham.

Updated January 11, 2022

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